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Florida by the Numbers


RACE TO WATCH: In a race that will test the staying power of the Tea Party movement, outspoken freshman Representative Allen West is running to hold on to his seat in the Democratic-leaning 22nd District. He faces opposition from the two Democrats vying to challenge him in the general election and the fiscally conservative activists who elected him to office and have since attacked his August vote to raise the country’s debt ceiling. Democrats see a winning issue in West’s support for the Ryan budget plan. Shortly after he voted for it in April, they ran ads accusing him of wanting “to end Medicare.”

Lerer is a reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington.

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